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Old 08-11-2013, 05:21 PM   #11
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It's hard to say EXACTLY that I'm not fond of the earthiness.... just that in the few brews I've made with fuggles (esb variants) that I've noticed an unfamiliar characteristic that stood out. This same thing happened to me when I first tried saison; after a couple examples I was a fan!! Plus, I have about 12-14 oz of fuggles I'm needing to work through. What better way to determine if you're a fan of a particular hop, and use up a supply, than make a beer that specifically showcases the hop (bitter, flavor, and aroma)? Plus, I've often found in life that it just takes repeated experience with some things unfamiliar/unusual to begin appreciating it


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Old 08-11-2013, 05:39 PM   #12
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It's hard to say EXACTLY that I'm not fond of the earthiness.... just that in the few brews I've made with fuggles (esb variants) that I've noticed an unfamiliar characteristic that stood out. This same thing happened to me when I first tried saison; after a couple examples I was a fan!! Plus, I have about 12-14 oz of fuggles I'm needing to work through. What better way to determine if you're a fan of a particular hop, and use up a supply, than make a beer that specifically showcases the hop (bitter, flavor, and aroma)? Plus, I've often found in life that it just takes repeated experience with some things unfamiliar/unusual to begin appreciating it
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Old 10-02-2013, 03:13 AM   #13
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Took longer than expected but it's in a fermenter and the yeast is patiently waiting to destroy those malt sugars. I basically went with your new grainbill percentages, and then made some minor tweaks. I went with crisp 77 for my crystal, and dropped the pale chocolate because it's going to go on tap next to an amber and I didn't want them both to be basically the same color (I know; picky, picky). I'm trying out Mangrove Jack's Burton Union for this one so who knows how it'll come out. I'll post back with some tasting notes in a few weeks.

Thanks for the inspiration to go big or go home (with Fuggles, that is)
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:44 AM   #14
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I'll post back with some tasting notes in a few weeks . . . Thanks for the inspiration to go big or go home (with Fuggles, that is)
Look forward to hearing your results. Been brewing with a lot of American hops lately, but will be serving a crowd at Thanksgiving and need something to contrast that. You may have inspired me to revisit this recipe. Thanks!

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